Fontanile

Fontanile, the land of spring waters and the "cupolone".


Landscape.

Fontanile covers an area of 8 km² and has a population of about 560 inhabitants.

The center is 40 km from the provincial capital, Asti, and 7 km from Nizza Monferrato.

The territory is characterized by the presence of spring waters (the name Fontanile derives from the Latin Fontanilis meaning "land rich in spring waters") and from vineyards of Barbera d'Asti, Dolcetto, Cortese, Moscato d'Asti and Brachetto d'Acqui.


History.

The village has very ancient origins; historians believe that it may have been founded between the fourth and fifth centuries and then conquered by the Saracens.

In the eighteenth century, the territory was under the control of the Savoy.


Administration.


Food and wine and typical products.

The village is dominated by the Barbera vine, which takes advantage of good exposures.


To be seen.

Fontanile is a very lively land: in November 2018 it won the third place in the "Dopo l'Unesco, agisco!" contest, an initiative promoted by Regione Piemonte to enhance the wine-growing landscapes of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato included in the World Heritage List from 22 June 2014, with the project "I muri raccontano", thanks to which the story of the small center of southern Asti region was told through camouflage works on walls and facades of houses.

The creation of the Promise Corner (L'Angolo della Promessa) has also been of particular interest: inaugurated on 25 September 2018 by spouses of Dutch nationality, the place allows couples who have chosen Fontanile as the wedding venue to leave the imprint of their hands joined on the wall of the former Church of Battuti.

In memory of the happy event, moreover, the Cantina sociale di Fontanile pays homage with a bottle of Barbera Tradizione wine with a phrase dedicated to them.

Fontanile also winks to outdoor enthusiasts and relaxation with the giant green water bench located in a panoramic position, in the shade of three oaks, surrounded by vineyards.

The artistic heritage of Fontanile is of absolute appeal and includes, among the places not to be missed, the majestic Church of Saint Giovanni Battista, built in the early twentieth century, in eclectic style, with the characteristic dome 52 meters high and a diameter of 16 meters, the ancient public wash-house, the Porta Maestra and the Porta Ottoniana, both dating back to the 10th century and which bordered the access to the town, still visible along via Roma, and the Tower of Ansaldi, the only remaining of the four towers corners of the first order of medieval walls.


Curiosity.

In October 2017 a child was born in Fontanile, Stefano, the first baby in the village after 50 years.

The event was told in the online edition of the La Stampa newspaper.